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Welcome to Diabetes 101: Understanding, Diagnosing and Managing. This introductory course regarding the topic of diabetes is designed to offer students a general understanding of what diabetes is, how it's diagnosed and how it's managed. Students will also learn the anatomy of diabetes, the body organs involved, and the different types of diabetes with which a person may be diagnosed.

This course also covers the importance of glucose and insulin and how each affects the overall function of your body. Symptoms of diabetes as well as what to expect when you visit a doctor are included in these lessons. Testing methods commonly used by diabetics to maintain their blood sugar and insulin levels are also explored. Understanding the basic tools a diabetic may need for daily management of diabetes are introduced, as are the different methods many individuals diagnosed with diabetes take in order to adapt their lifestyle to their condition at home, work, or school.

Students of this course on diabetes will learn about the most common types of complications associated with multiple forms of diabetes and the importance of care and infection prevention among diabetics, most specifically the elderly. Pregnant mothers diagnosed with gestational diabetes will understand the importance of obstetrical and post-delivery care, and enjoy some tips and suggestions for healthy living habits before, during and after a planned pregnancy.

Throughout this course, students will also learn the importance of nutrition and diet for optimal management of diabetes symptoms and conditions. We'll explore a number of coping skills that diabetics can utilize to help prevent stress and depression. Finally, we'll wrap up this introductory course on diabetes by offering tips that every individual can take to help reduce their risk of developing the condition, or at the very least, minimize its impact on their lives.

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Lesson 1: Diabetes Basics

The anatomy of diabetes and different types of diabetes are the focus of this first lesson on understanding, diagnosing, and managing diabetes. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: American Diabetes Association
  • Take Poll: Diabetes
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Diagnosing Diabetes

This lesson will focus on the common symptoms of different types of diabetes, what to expect when you do visit the doctor, and a variety of testing methods that are utilized to help your doctor diagnose the disease. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Diabetes Tests; Top Warning Signs
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: All About Glucose

Any diabetic should understand the basic definition of glucose; what it does, and how it affects the body. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Blood Glucose and Insulin
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Basic Diabetic Tools

In this lesson, we'll cover the basics of what types of tools you may need to monitor your condition. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Glucose Monitoring; How to Test Blood Sugar Levels
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: The Diabetic Lifestyle

In this lesson, we'll cover some ideas and suggestions for taking back control of your life and leading as normal of a lifestyle as possible. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Take Poll: Exercise
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Diabetes Complications

There are times when diabetic complications may arise. Understanding the basics regarding a few of these will help you identify when something just isn't right with your body. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Diabetes Complications; Foot Complications; Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Diabetes and the Elderly

The importance of care and the dangers of infection to the elderly are broached in this lesson. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Elderly Diabetes; Management of Diabetes in the Elderly
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Gestational Diabetes

This lesson focuses specifically on what causes gestational diabetes, how women can take care of themselves throughout their pregnancy, and learn healthy lifestyle habits that will help them and their babies experience a healthy and normal pregnancy and d 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Gestational Diabetes; Guide to Gestational Diabetes
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Diabetes and Diet

This lesson will provide a brief introduction into a diabetic diet and catering that diet to your tastes. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Diet and Food Tips; Food and Nutrition
  • Take Poll: Food journaling
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Coping Skills for Diabetics

This lesson will focus on how emotions such as stress and depression may interfere with your long-term health and wellness and the link between diabetes management and your emotional outlook. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Coping and Diabetes; Diabetes and Emotions
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Diabetes Prevention

This lesson focuses on preventing diabetes and what you can do to help yourself, your children or your parents avoid a diabetic diagnosis. 65 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: 8 Tips for Preventing Diabetes; Diabetes Prevention
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
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Course Title: Diabetes 101
Course Number: 8900166
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cheryl Reinerio, RN, BC, MSN
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what diabetes is, recognize the types of diabetes, and how to diagnose it.
  • Describe glucose and its role in diabetes.
  • Identify basic diabetic tools.
  • Describe the diabetic lifestyle and complications that can arise with diabetes.
  • Describe the challenges of diabetes and the elderly.
  • Define gestational diabetes.
  • Know diabetes and diet.
  • Describe coping skills for diabetics as well as techniques for diabetes prevention, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "The lessons were very informative with excellent areas of subject matter. A wide range of topics were presented in an organized manor. A great review for individuals in the medical field. I enjoyed the ability to earn CEU credits this way and will be taking additional classes." -- Pamela T.
  • "She ia a great instructor!!" -- David K.
  • "I thought each section contained pertanent information to the subject matter and flowed really well." -- Tricia H.
  • "The topic of diabetic diet was the most useful. The instructor presented the information so clearly and to the point." -- Clevene B.
  • "I myself am Diabetic Type 2 and this course has helped me understand my condition and to cope better." -- CAROLE C.
  • "All the information was very informative and useful." -- Sandra J.
  • "Super! Great!" -- Michelle P.

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